The Scotia Register Wormhole

It isn’t often you can take a trip through a wormhole, and survive, tumbling back in time, from whence you began, and then arrive back in the future from which there is no escape; and so I have described my recent journey tripping through the online archives of — The Scotia Register — a village newspaper that was published weekly, on Thursdays, in Scotia, Nebraska (population 291) from 1895 to 2003. Paging back through The Scotia Register archives was like being watched and recorded, from afar, years ago, with the perspective, and perception, of the now.

Continue reading → The Scotia Register Wormhole

The Magic of Electronic Prescriptions

I was recently introduced to the magic of “Electronic Prescriptions” or “E-Prescribing” — or “E-Rx” if you prefer the funky — when I last visited my doctor for a 90-day refill of Benicar for $50.00USD:

Although e-prescribing is technically regarded “optional,” you could face payment penalties starting in 2012 if you are capable of participating and decided not to do so in 2011. This is as per a Dec. 13 PQRI National Provider Call sponsored by CMS.

Between 2012 and 2014, the payment adjustment will start for practices that are unsuccessful e-prescribers. Eligible professionals who don’t e-prescribe in 2011 could collect one percent less than the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule amount in 2012, and that pay cut will go up to 1.5 percent in 2013 and two percent in 2014, said CMS’s Daniel Green, MD, during the call.

Continue reading → The Magic of Electronic Prescriptions

Always Confess. Unless, of Course, You Should Lie!

If you do something wrong, confess.  Don’t prevaricate.  Don’t excuse.  Above all, don’t lie!  The truth forms you as a human being.

Continue reading → Always Confess. Unless, of Course, You Should Lie!

Mourning Lane Drug

by Michael L. Goetting, R.Ph.

As a former Rite Aid employee, I can vouch that Rite Aid is an evil force in my humble opinion. However, the anecdotal tales in the Go Inside article could have happened at poorly run outlet at any chain store. Rude employees are a danger in any business, and the ongoing labor shortage in the Pharmacy sector magnifies this problem. I could even attempt to explain the pricing on the antihistamine product, but the purpose is not to defend Rite Aid. The fact remains that these events did occur in Rite Aid stores.

This story reflects the real problem at Rite Aid.

Continue reading → Mourning Lane Drug

Why Rite Aid is Wrong

[Note: This article was originally published in 1997 and I’m still hearing stories on precisely why Rite Aid is Wrong. It’s good to know after all this time the original article still rings true with the authenticity of experience. I have been told by someone claiming to be a Rite Aid pharmacist (who prefers to remain anonymous) that Rite Aid does not allow their pharmacists to edit the physician’s database to correct spelling errors and that pricing isn’t determined locally. I also have been told that Rite Aid owes some of its Managers and Pharmacists thousands of dollars in bonuses and back pay. If true, I don’t understand the reasoning or philosophy behind not paying employees in a timely manner, for it seems that cruel attitude against those who present your public face will have deep and scarring ramifications beyond any surface advertising campaign claiming the merits of caring. My email box is chock full of pain and distress from Rite Aid employees and consumers and I feel for each of you. This article is easily the most popular and highly read piece we’ve ever published in GO INSIDE Magazine and I thank you deeply for sharing your detailed and expert experiences.]

Continue reading → Why Rite Aid is Wrong